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Old 09-27-2009, 01:53 AM
 
Location: NC USA
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Hi & welcome! there is somewhat of an English population here..as one of my English friends says it..."taking back what is rightfully theirs, one colony at a time"...hahaha...expect you would have a laugh over that..
you can get a lot of things here, proper tea, most food, Guinness. There are a couple of decent pubs, spread out across the city...Big Ben downtown, and Galway Hooker to the north. You can even get the English Premier League on the telly now!
Lots of folks from the UK live in the zip code 28227; at one time, there were more former UK residents in that zip code than Americans; doubt that is the case anymore. Honestly don't know the demographics anymore.

Anyway, just wanted to wish you well. I live in the University City area of Charlotte, very diverse area, lots of folks from all over the world. I like it a lot, I am sure that others will tell you more about their areas, too....by the way, don't forget to check the crime stats no matter where you go before settling there...Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed
Thanks for your good wishes and it's good to hear I will be able to drink in a pub and watch Stoke City on the TV. I wonder what is special about that zip code?
Good tip on the Stat page - thanks.

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Old 09-27-2009, 02:06 AM
 
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I think your idea of renting for a while (I would suggest AT LEAST 6 mos, a year is better) is a fantastic one. Get a feel for the different areas before you commit.

You like it quiet - small town quiet or countryside quiet?

The question about you needing to get to the airport is a good one and could change our answers a fair amount.

Give us more and WELCOME! Sadly, you won't find any/many casked/cellared beers on vacuum taps here.
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Initially not too quiet as we need to get to know people and places but eventually we want our own place with land for horses and dogs. Leaving English village life behind and need space and the NC climate appeals.
Mind you, we like to socialise so a balance will have to be struck.

Sam Adams ale will be OK - I am getting a taste for it.

Someone told me the North of the city is better than the South but I am sure that's a generalisation too far.
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Old 09-27-2009, 02:15 AM
 
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I recently sold a home to a family that relocated from the UK -- they seem to be very happy here. You will have many options to rent in SW Charlotte. A suggestion I have is to establish credit in the US as soon as you can -- this will help when you are ready to purchase and with insurance/utilities as well.
Good tip - I have been told it takes about a month to get a social security number and begin to establish credit. I could just about manage this.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:10 AM
 
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I recently sold a home to a family that relocated from the UK -- they seem to be very happy here. You will have many options to rent in SW Charlotte. A suggestion I have is to establish credit in the US as soon as you can -- this will help when you are ready to purchase and with insurance/utilities as well.
Insurance and utilities weren't a problem.
We had to pay a $150 deposit to Duke electric which we got back after a year (I think)
We pay monthly for cable TV and internet.
LPG company allowed us to pay a set monthly amount after we had a big delivery at the beginning of the winter to fill up the tank.

This was all before we had any credit history in the US.

Credit cards are a different story. Even after having paid utility bills and taxes for over 2 years, the best we could get was a secured Credit card initially when DH had just started work.
We would have had to give them $300 and then they issue a card with $300 credit to allow you to start building up history. So no credit at all!
After 6 months DH has now got a CC with $500 credit and if we follow what the teller told us to do then we should qualify for one with at least a $1000 credit.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:27 AM
 
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CC's and credit history were our biggest obstacles also. We also had to purchase the $1000 one and no one would go outside the country for our credit history. When we wanted to buy a house we had a lot of trouble getting somebody to lend us the money - we were visa holders and not green card holders - and eventually we heard that Wachovia or First Union as it was then had one that they give to people in our situation so we got it. We kept our home in London but it made not the slightest bit of difference to us getting a mortgage even though (at the time!) it was worth over a million. So get that credit started as soon as you get here. Stoke city - oh well LOL We are a house of Sunderland supporters so at least you can lord it over us ha ha DM for any info
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I was here 6 months before I got a credit card, it had a $500 credit limit unsecured.

Have heard but have not tried it that HSBC tend to work better when moving from UK to USA.

Credit Unions can sometime work better for first credit cards.

As for the SSN take care of that no later than the day after you get here, I had mine in my hand in less than a week.

Car Insurance may also be a problem and some companies do take you until you have been in the USA a while, it pays to shop around.
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:07 AM
 
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CC's and credit history were our biggest obstacles also. We also had to purchase the $1000 one and no one would go outside the country for our credit history. When we wanted to buy a house we had a lot of trouble getting somebody to lend us the money - we were visa holders and not green card holders - and eventually we heard that Wachovia or First Union as it was then had one that they give to people in our situation so we got it. We kept our home in London but it made not the slightest bit of difference to us getting a mortgage even though (at the time!) it was worth over a million. So get that credit started as soon as you get here. Stoke city - oh well LOL We are a house of Sunderland supporters so at least you can lord it over us ha ha DM for any info
Sunderland?? I saw them play in Charleston one year!! One of my dear friends is a diehard fan...(he even has a black cat!!)
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thanks for your good wishes and it's good to hear I will be able to drink in a pub and watch Stoke City on the TV. I wonder what is special about that zip code?
Good tip on the Stat page - thanks.
Stoke City??? You are not from Stoke are you?? My son went to Keele!! Been there many times!!
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:26 AM
 
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Union County for horse property. Weddington, Waxhaw, Marvin, Wesley Chapel. Fort Mill, SC also.

I am in Weddington just about 2 or 3 miles over the Mecklenburg/Union County lines. We love it. They still have some nice large horse farms and Weddington's homes mostly sit on acre lots. With no traffic it's probably a 45 min drive to the airport.

photos of weddington, nc - Google Images

Historic Waxhaw, NC pictures from cityscapes photos on webshots

Beautiful Horse Farm in Heart of Union County’s Equestrian Community : Equestrian and Lake Estates (http://www.chadhuck.com/2009/07/30/beautiful-horse-farm-in-heart-of-union-countys-equestrian-community/ - broken link)

Union County NC Neighbors - Union County Social Networking
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:26 AM
 
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Sunderland?? I saw them play in Charleston one year!! One of my dear friends is a diehard fan...(he even has a black cat!!)
We were there!!! And Wilmington, and Cary............. I got engaged at a Sunderland match in England, my weddling was arranged around the fixture list - aaaaaagh Did you go to the dinner with the team after the match in Charleston - perhaps I met you?
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